Fotis narrates that this silver piece of jewellery with the name ‘Anastasia’ written on it, was a gift from his mother to his daughter, Anastasia. On 22 August 1995 he lost his daughter and his mother kept the piece of jewellery, before also passing away in August 2016. That’s when it found him.
I have it now and it represents my daughter, Anastasia, and my mother – they share the same name […] I have it, as we say, as an amulet.
He explains that after the loss of his daughter he faced mental health issues and he expresses his gratitude towards his friends who stood by his side. He adds that he had a second daughter and that was how he managed to stay on his feet, with the incentive of another child.
The problem began when I became homeless: three months living on benches and two and a half years living in a factory in conditions unsuitable for living – but that was better than being out in the streets and if I didn’t have my friend to take me from the benches I don’t know how I would have ended up.
Fotis tells us that he owes a lot to Shedia, who has truly taken him in. He adds that in Shedia everyone is family and he is grateful towards all people there, as well as towards the readers who support them by buying the magazine. He hopes that there will come a day when there will be no more homeless people.
I used to see homeless people in the streets and wonder how a person could end up in the street and then the day came that I, myself, experienced this.